First established in 1916, the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) represents Greek-owned vessels over 3,000 GT under Greek, European and other foreign flags. Greek shipowners are primarily active in the bulk / tramp sector (i.e. bulk carriers, tankers, LNG / LPG carriers) and have a growing presence in liner trades through containerships which are usually chartered-out to major carriers. Greek-owned vessels are preponderantly involved in cross trading activities carrying cargoes between third countries. As the international representative of the Greek shipping community, the UGS advocates balanced and realistic positions on aspects of maritime transport that foster a global level playing field and promote a competitive business environment and free global trade, while ensuring safety and security at sea. With headquarters in Piraeus and permanent representatives in Brussels and Washington D.C., the UGS closely follows developments in the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and other global bodies.